Super Cute, Super Easy Rainbow Cupcakes

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rainbow cupcakesWhat's cuter than a cupcake? Duh. A rainbow cupcake, silly. Rainbow cakes have been all the rage these days -- and with good reason, they're super gorgeous and super delicious. But why has everyone been neglecting Rainbow Cake's cuter, younger sibling: Rainbow Cupcakes? It's so rude.

I'm here to remedy that. I'm here to give you a set of beautiful instructions to make your very own gorgeous rainbow cupcakes. And, seriously guys, it isn't an elaborate pain in the butt. It's actually quite easy. Let's do this!

Rainbow Cupcakes adapted from Baking Bites


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • red, yellow, green and blue food colorings
  • Frosting of your choice


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 10 cups from a 12 cup muffin tin (or line with paper cups).

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Pour in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

4. Divide batter evenly into 5 small bowls; each should have a little more than 1/3 cup batter (approx 6 tbsp or so for each).

5. Add about 1/2 tsp food coloring to each bowl to make red, orange, yellow, green and blue batters. Stir well, so no streaks of plain batter remain. Add additional food coloring if necessary.

6. Starting with the blue batter, add a small spoonful to each of the 10 grease muffin cups (just over 1/2 tbsp in each). Repeat with all remaining colors, working from green to yellow to orange to red, adding each subsequent spoonful on top of the previous color. Do not attempt to spread the layers of color out (as it can cause layers to combined), but allow them to spread on their own.

7. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

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amybu... amybuddy45

If you have this on Pinterest, let me know...I would love to pin this as I am collecting rainbow items for my daughters next bday! Oh and white frosting with mini marshmallows on top would be a cloud.

ldbc ldbc

Maybe its just me.....but the cupcakes just don't look that appetizing. Cute idea, though.

banan... banana-bear

Holy artificial dyes, Batman!

the4m... the4mutts

I have to agree with ldbc... I think the IDEA of the rainbow cake items is cute, but the finished product leaves a lot to be desired. That bottom layer looks like some spoiled food product.

And what's the hype with these rainbow things anyway? I don't understand why they're so popular all of a sudden

JHanc968 JHanc968

I am with you Idbc... 

aneela aneela


MamaD... MamaDee83

I made these this morning, and they came out looking more like confetti cupcakes than rainbow... But still fun to make with the little guy! He, of course, thought that they were AWESOME :-D

godde... goddess99

Those are cute, I'd love to be able to make rainbow cupcakes.

MamaM... MamaMandee

Those are super cute looking! 

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